Sat 10/17, 4pm – 5pm
Douglas Gibson discusses his new middle grade novel, Tales of a Fifth-Grade Knight
One day, Isaac Thompson is just your average fifth grader playing the part of a porcupine in the school play. The next, he is launching his quest to knighthood. When his little sister, Lily, goes missing, Isaac and his best friends, Max and Emma, set out to find her.
Their search takes them to the Underground — a mysterious subterranean realm that exists beneath their school — where they encounter an army of spear-wielding rats, a talking human-sized bat, and a thumb-nosed prison guard. But humans who stay in the Underground too long transform into weird, unpleasant creatures and are forced to work for the horrible Elf King. Can Isaac and his crew find Lily and escape the Underground before it’s too late for them to ever return home?
Douglas Gibson lives and works in lovely Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife and son, a small dog, and a medium chicken. He is a student of the Great Smokies Writing Program, received his MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his BA from Davidson College. His first book, Tales of a Fifth Grade Knight, is due out in September 2015 from Capstone Young Readers, and when he isn't writing about books or designing them for other people, Douglas is usually hard at work writing books of his own.